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Diane Dimond: Lawmakers Are Tackling America’s Opioid Crisis — Finally

Diane Dimond: Lawmakers Are Tackling America’s Opioid Crisis — Finally

Can I get a round of applause for our United States Congress? Yes, indeedy, ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for both Democrats and Republicans! They have miraculously come together to approve one of the only major pieces of legislation set to become law this year. Amazing.

It was a rare moment as the U.S. Senate put the needs of American citizens before party loyalty and overwhelmingly approved a sweeping package of bills aimed at alleviating our epidemic of opioid deaths.

How significant is the opioid crisis? According to preliminary numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 71,000 Americans died of overdoses in just a one-year period, a majority from heroin and other street drugs laced with the insidious synthetic opioid fentanyl. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and so deadly that just a few flakes of it can kill. It has typically been shipped into the United States by criminals from China and Mexico, according to U.S. law enforcement.

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